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Vehicle Design with Alex Jaeger Volume 1:

From Script to Concept

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In this series, Alex Jaeger demonstrates his process for designing a futuristic military vehicle based on descriptions from a science fiction screenplay. In this first volume, he covers the ideation phase through to completing a detailed three-quarter view drawing in Photoshop®. Alex discusses his design philosophy, informed by his automotive design background, and he uses key story details to inspire his decision making. As he starts to sketch in Photoshop, you will see his process for roughing in quick ideas and choosing which of those ideas is most successful based on the visual strength of each design and how well it adheres to the script's guidelines. Alex then picks a sketch to develop into a refined three-quarter view drawing, and demonstrates his techniques for detailing the vehicle and making sure that all the parts fit and flow together with a theme. Finally, Alex discusses the value of using reference as he adds elements to his futuristic vehicle to keep it believable but relevant to its world. Instructor for this title: Alex Jaeger

  • Design Philosophy for Film
  • Sample Script
  • Script Descriptions
  • Design in 3/4 View
  • Ideation Sketches
  • Choosing a Design
  • Refining a Design
  • Cleaning Up the Design
  1. Project Overview
  2. Ideation Sketches
  3. Design Language
  4. Picking a Design
  5. Setting Up the 3/4 View
  6. Cleaning Up the Design
  7. Final Drawing
  • Product Code: AJA01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-815-8
  • UPC: 805366017491
  • Duration: 142 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM

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  • 64 MB Video RAM
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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

Alex Jaeger

Visual Effects Art Director

Alex Jaeger studied automotive design at the College for Creative Studies but then turned to entertainment design studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Soon after graduation he was working in both the model shop and art department at Industrial Light and Magic. There he has served as a visual effects art director for the past 15 years on projects such as Star Trek: First Contact, Wild Wild West, Starship Troopers, Deep Impact, Galaxy Quest, Pearl Harbor, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Special Edition, Star Wars: Episode 2, Star Wars: Episode 3, Transformers, Mission Impossible 3, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and the most recent J.J. Abram's Star Trek. He's responsible for such designs as the Akira Class starship, Bumblebee's and Starscream's head designs, the Clone Trooper variations and the future police officer's mask from Star Trek among many others.

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"Through hard work and dedication, Alex has gained an amazing amount of achievements in his professional career. His designs and art direction have brought life to some of the most iconic films in Hollywood. It is individuals like Alex who continue to forge the unknown roads ahead and define the industry we all call Entertainment. He is truly an inspiration for me."

- Feng Zhu
Founder, FZD School of Design
Founder, Feng Zhu Design

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